Bake Box: Skillet Cookies, Recipe and Review

In case you didn’t already know, December 4th is National Cookie Day. What better day to launch a new series of blog posts about baking, than today? It all started when my housemates bought me a subscription to the Home Bake Box for my 21st birthday a few weeks ago. I thought it would be…

Review: Godspell – 4.5/5 stars

I challenge you to find a greater irony than that of watching a biblical show, telling tales of love and repentance, inside of The Lemmy. I must admit straight off that I had my reservations about this musical. I questioned the extent to which I could be immersed into a story that was a) performed…

Christmas Countdown: 8 Festive Dresses fit for Christmas Parties

With the Christmas party season on the horizon, there’s never been a greater excuse to pile on the sparkles and sequins. Below are 8 dresses (and jumpsuits) that exude a little Christmas joy without being excessively garish. 1. This sparkly sequined dress would be ideal for glamorous evening cocktail parties. In terms of accompanying accessories,…

Christmas Countdown: Hot Fruit Punch Recipe

This hand-warming fruit punch goes beautifully alongside a wintery mince pie (or two!) or a delicious Christmas roast, and provides a perfect non-alcoholic alternative to mulled wine. Passed down through a family friend, the recipe for this tried, tested, and tasty fruit punch is SO simple, yet so effective – why not give it a…

Sealed – Theatre with Teeth Review

Theatre with Teeth’s latest production Sealed is a tale with all the intrigue of a classic whodunit and all the laughs of a decent pre-drinks…albeit a pre’s with seven strangers and a rather impressive age range. The seven receive letters summoning them to a certain place at a certain time. Upon arrival they’re left to…

Palace at Exchange Bristol, 22/11/2016

From almost the first note Palace bring a sense of vitality to the Exchange; every note full and clear as it rings out into the enthusiastic audience. Fresh from the November release of their debut album, So Long Forever, Palace are much of the way through their European and UK tour dates and show no…

Notes on Netflix: X + Y

Kathi Bundy reviews X+Y directed by Morgan Matthews, 2014 in her column Notes on Netflix.

Monster Review – Exeter University Theatre Company

EUTCO’s first offering of the academic year is Duncan Macmillan’s Monster, directed by dynamic duo Alice Austin and Nicole Moran. Set in the early 2000s, Monster follows a teacher in training left with the task of saving a disturbed and violent child from permanent expulsion, whilst also struggling with his own mental health and relationship…

Review: Trace This Scar – Jessikah Hope Stenson

Most students are doing well to keep up with essay hand-ins, be active members of societies and be able to enjoy the odd night out. Jessikah Hope Stenson has managed this and is now on the cusp of her second publication with Excalibur Press. Her debut novel Trace This Scar is full of moments that…

The (rather eccentric) Lock In Christmas Carol at Exeter Phoenix

After a shoddy 2016, my Christmas cheer levels were running alarmingly low this week. So, as Storm Angus battered Exeter on Monday evening, I took to the Exeter Phoenix to catch the BBC award winning Christmas extravaganza aptly named ‘The Lock In Christmas Carol’. And I can tell you, it was a one of a…

Feature- Have Yourself a Merry, Lush Christmas: Event and Product Review

This November, we felt extremely lucky to be invited to a Lush press event, which showcased their Winter collection. Lush Exeter assistants: Elsa, Lucy, and Adam were fantastic hosts, and had a true zeal for the products and informed knowledge on Lush’s ethical sourcing which, for us, really gave the kaleidoscope of gorgeous bath bombs,…

Woman in Black – The Northcott Theatre

27 Years on, The Woman in Black continues to terrify audiences today. On Monday 14th November 2016, The Woman in Black had its first performance at Exeter Northcott Theatre. As school kids and families alike waited outside in the foyer and café, there was a sense of anticipation and excitement in the air. Whether they…

Musings on Menswear #2

For many years the fashion industry has been dominated by the influences of Western culture. The four cities known as the fashion capitals of the western world: London, Milan, Paris and New York exclude all other continents like Asia, Africa from mainstream fashion. However, recently influences from other cultures have grown in popularity. Most notably, styles…

Review: Jack Savoretti

There are some things in life you think you could never forget about: your parents’ names, your best friend’s birthday, or the tickets to the concert you agreed to review and just went on an hour long train journey to get to. Sadly, memory is a fickle thing and sometimes you’re forced to traverse Bristol…

The Glorious Art House- 2 Year Anniversary

Established two years ago, The Glorious Art House continues to impress as a quirky and vibrant cafe, tucked away at the bottom of Fore Street. Adding a bold splash of colour to the road with its carnivalesque outside design, it immediately draws passersby in with its originality. As you walk through the doors, the amount…

Four Films to Watch Before the End of Term

Nothing beats a night in and a good movie. You know those evenings: no reading due the next day and no plans to go out. Just you and your friends (or maybe just you) piled on pillows, junk food snacks, and a movie that sucks you into its world for a couple hours. But then…

GIMME MØ

It’s Thursday of Week 5. The weather is getting colder, the days are getting shorter and the past five weeks have been busy, stressful and looooong. With the dark cloud of final year indefinitely hanging over me, I headed to Bristol for some much needed relief. Reading Week, the light at the end of a…

Feature: Man Booker Prize 2016

For those of you who haven’t heard of the Man Booker Prize, it’s an annual prize of £50,000 given to “the best novel in the opinion of the judges” which has been running since 1969. This makes 2016 the 47th year of the competition. The Man Booker Prize aims to promote the reading of quality…

Interview: Palace

Leo Wyndham, frontman of London-based Palace, answers Sarah Turnnidge’s questions about their debut album, So Long Forever. How has 2016 been so far for Palace? It’s been amazing, we finally recorded our debut album So Long Forever; we did that at the beginning of the year for about three months. It was the most intense…

Review: Absurd Bird

Absurd Bird was set up three years ago by a self-proclaimed whimsical entrepreneur. Decked out with swing seats and colourful rocking chairs, this whimsicality is undoubtedly brought to life in the décor of the restaurant. To make things quirkier, there are birdhouses and ivy leaves dotted around, and even the hanging lampshades are crafted like…

Recipe: Two Ingredient Flatbread

This two ingredient flatbread is so easy to make and really cheap too (around 17p a flatbread!) so it’s the perfect alternative to shop-bought bread. In this recipe I make the flat breads and then add toppings and cook in the oven to make mini pizzas, but you could use them to accompany casserole dishes,…

Recipe: Chocolate Orange Cake

Many of you are probably facing big birthday milestones of friends or families soon, maybe your best friend is about to turn 21 or your dad is 50 in only a week’s time. This chocolate orange cake is the perfect birthday or celebration alternative to the Victoria Sandwich. My recipe is adapted from Mary Berry’s…

Review: May-We-Go-Round?

The Hiccup Project, a new theatre and dance company founded by real-life best friends Cristina MacKerron and Chess Dillon-Reams, brought their debut piece May-we-go-round? to the Exeter Phoenix last Tuesday. Cristina and Chess first met at school and growing up together they have experienced everything from first loves to heartbreaks. After finding an old diary…

Live Music Review: Hillsong Worship

Exeter has had a diverse weekend of musical performances with the Great Hall hosting two of the three. Super Hans of Peep Show fame played a DJ set at the Exeter Phoenix, whilst the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Hillsong Worship played Friday night and Saturday night respectively at the University of Exeter venue. The University…